Dayna Pidhoresky: Just try your best and worry less!
July 31, 2017
Posted In: Community
This week we are featuring Vancouver’s Dayna Pidhoresky! Dayna is an elite runner, winner of Montreal’s Half-Marathon 2017 women’s race and qualifier for IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in February 2018! Read about Dayna’s journey to finding balance, her happy pace and her favourite ways to move her body!
Can you talk a little about your journey to finding balance:
In university I struggled. I was competing in track and field and cross-country and when I looked around it seemed like a lot of the fast girls were very skinny. I started trying to eat less to lose weight with a goal to get faster. I was unhappy and I look back on that time with sadness because I really missed out on life.
Now I fuel my body properly so I can run strong and stay injury free. I eat whole foods, a lot of healthy fats (like nut butters, avocados, coconut, seeds, eggs, whole greek yoghurt), but I also allow myself to enjoy things like donuts once in a while without feeling guilty. It took me a long time to find this balance but I know that to stay in the sport of running you need a strong body, not a starved body and you can’t compare your body to anyone else’s — everyone is different!
How would you describe your happy pace?
My happy pace has quite a range. After suffering many injuries over the years I am happy going out for a leisurely run and feeling thankful to be moving. I also find a huge amount of joy when my body is being pushed to the max, when it’s uncomfortable and I am on the edge of collapse. Running is a gift and I feel best when I am using this incredible opportunity I have been given.
If you could talk to the tween version (ages 8 to 12) of yourself, what would you tell her?
I struggled a lot with anxiety off and on while growing up. I worried about many things, most of which I could not control or things that were essentially trivial. Aspects of relationships, academics, and sports would all add to my stress and cause me to overthink things every day. I would tell the tween version of myself, “Just try your best and worry less!” There is no use worrying about things that you have no control over — this is something I still need to tell myself!
When do you feel most proud of who you are?
I am most proud when I accomplish something that I didn’t think I could do or something that I really struggled with (either mentally or physically). Whether it’s a hard workout or a race, sometimes your body and mind are screaming at you to stop — your mind is shouting at you that you can’t do it, but in those moments that I push through the discomfort and ignore those negative voices in my head, that is when I feel most proud. I think it also speaks so loudly to the fact that it’s the climb — the struggle, that makes the top of the mountain that much better.
What are your favorite ways to move your body?
I love enjoying the outdoors! My favourite way to take in gorgeous scenery is through running, hiking, or walking. Since I am usually running all the time for training, hikes feel like a special treat. It’s nice to go at a slower pace, take it all in, and be able to stop whenever you like.